Celebrities, civil rights activists, politicians and many others gathered in Minneapolis for memorial service to pay their respects to George Floyd whose death at the hands of police has sparked protests nationwide and calls for an end to racial injustice.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Minneapolis man, died after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for over eight minutes when he was arrested for suspicion of forgery.
Chauvin has since been charged with second-degree murder. In addition, the three other Minneapolis police officers — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — who were also fired for their involvement in Floyd’s death have been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Floyd’s memorial on Thursday was held at North Central University in Minneapolis. Among the celebrities in attendance were Kevin Hart, Ludacris, T.I., Tyrese Gibson, Tiffany Haddish, Master P and film producer Will Packer. Reverend Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King III and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar were also in attendance.
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During the moment of silence, Rev. Jesse Jackson, standing, cried out “I can’t breathe” at least twice.
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Al Sharpton delivering a eulogy at George Floyd Memorial: